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How do you quickly clear a clogged ear from too much nose blowing?

By Expert HERWriter March 6, 2018 - 12:00am
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Hello everyone!

A dear friend of mine called me tonight to ask me for some advice on how to fix her clogged-up ear. It seems she is getting over a bad cold and was doing some heavy-duty nose blowing and her left ear feels all funny now. Sort of like when you're on a plane and your ears pop. Hers needs to pop but won't. I thought maybe a decongestant would help her, or opening her mouth as wide as she can--that helps me sometimes when my ears won't pop on a plane. She tried opening her mouth and even moving her jaw back and forth but it didn't do anything.

She said it's hard to hear now in her left ear and it feels very full and has a bit of pressure, so she's hoping to get it back to normal pretty fast. Does anyone have any words of wisdom for her? I also tried to gently remind her not to blow her nose with such force so hopefully this won't happen again. Thanks so much everyone, Michelle

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It's totally opposite on a plane then blowing a nose. When you are on a plane as you go higher the air pressure becomes lower than in your middle ear, that's why your ears get clogged. Whereas when you blow your nose you create a low pressure in your middle year and that's why your ears get clogged.

November 29, 2017 - 8:25pm
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That trick posted on page 16 worked. I honestly can't believe it. I wish I had this trick when I was having this issue for months a while ago. But it solved my problem that just started a couple days ago.

To reiterate, this is what you do:
Place your thumb behind your ear lobe. Feel for the piece of cartilage that is really the bottom of your ear. Press your thumb both towards your jaw and also upwards so that you are slightly compressing your ear canal. Then slowly tilt your head sideways so that the ear your thumb is on is closest to the ground. Hold in that position.

Works wonders.

July 8, 2017 - 7:02pm
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I blew my nose (one side at a time) and when I did the right side, something popped and I also had pain deep in ear. I was kind of deaf in that ear for a short time then when it lessened, (and I could hear a bit better) it kind of shudders- like vibrates and whooshes. It's been like that for a month. I do not want to go to doctor. But I read on it and it could have turned into tinnitis - it's like just before you go to yawn and there's like a mini roar or wind sound.. ya know? Would appreciate any advice.

February 21, 2017 - 3:05pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I realize this post was from a while ago but sounds like a perforated eardrum. I had the same issue.

July 20, 2017 - 3:16am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

This is amazing. It worked! I am chewing gum to help this as well. This never happened to me before.

December 7, 2017 - 6:56pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

On thanks I had this problem the whole day and got this page through Google.
I had to exaggerate the ears yawning and my left ear is remarkably clearer.

May 21, 2017 - 7:51pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Or could
Be meniers disease... best to get to a ENT dr...

April 11, 2017 - 3:06pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Never guess when it comes to your health. Since this has persisted for one month, why not call your primary care physician and speak to him or her. If you need to be seen, do it.


February 22, 2017 - 9:36am
EmpowHER Guest

i have this too but what worked for me if just to unclog your nose and it won't affect your ears anymore because your nose and ears are joined in some way but its completely natural when the cold goes the pop ear thing will go away too but try not to do it so much or it can make your hearing less durable which is bad

February 17, 2017 - 5:13pm
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I tried several of the suggestions with little to no relief, then I took a decongestant and a applied moist heat (raw rice in a sock works great). Once the heat wasn't scalding, I laid with the bad ear facing down on the heat. In about 10 minutes I felt and heard a pop, yay! I stayed in that position, actually had a cat nap to let anything drain and make sure it worked, and it did. By the way, the traditional "pop your ear" by pinching your nose is what fully blocked mine. Some of the other methods, yawning, pressing at the point by the earlobe and jaw, etc. I think only helped loosen it before applying the heat.

December 14, 2016 - 2:23pm
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